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Outrageous! (1977)

R | | Comedy | 31 July 1977 (USA)
A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Russell ...
Hollis McLaren ...
Liza Connors
Richert Easley ...
Perry
...
Martin
David McIlwraith ...
Bob
Gerry Salsberg ...
Jason
...
Anne
...
Jo
Martha Gibson ...
Nurse Carr
Helen Hughes ...
Mrs. Connors
Jonah Royston ...
Dr. Beddoes
Richard Moffatt ...
Stewart
David Woito ...
Hustler
Rusty Ryan ...
Jimmy
Trevor Bryan ...
Miss Montego Bay
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Storyline

Robin Turner is a gay hairdresser. He hates his job. He loves old movies and will do his customers' hair in the style of an iconic movie star if they'll let him, and even if they don't. At his apartment, he is harboring his medically diagnosed schizophrenic friend, Liza Connors, who can no longer stand being institutionalized. After Liza convinces Robin to attend a drag ball dressed as Tallulah Bankhead, Robin begins to feel liberated. On Liza's further urging, Robin accepts a local club's offer to work as a female impersonator, he doing his own singing unlike most drag queens. As he progresses with his female impersonation work to great aplomb, he takes a shot at making it big in New York City. The money will have to come in since despite medical warnings to her not to do it, Liza has become pregnant (not Robin's baby), she deciding to have and keep the baby. Written by Huggo

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31 July 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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CAD 165,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

Liza Connors: Liza's brain runs round and round; Liza's head is full of sounds. Liza's the one born dead; Liza's the one without any head.
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Connections

References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria (Op.52 No.1)
(1825)
Written by Franz Schubert (uncredited)
Performed by Brenda Hoffert
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A performance document of perhaps the finest female impersonator ever
20 November 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The late Craig Russell is the star of Outrageous! It was a cult favorite here in the Boston area, playing for weeks at the late lamented Orson Welles Cinema. I had a bright red T-shirt with the movie logo on the front that I treasured for years.

First and foremost, the film is a document of his brilliant performances; he not only got the look and mannerisms of his subjects down cold, he also spoke and sung all the voices himself!

The plot, such as it is, is a tale about his attempts to become a successful performer, and about his schizophrenic friend and how he and she support and heal each other. It's not bad, but the performances are the heart and soul of the film.

Outrageous! was long out of print; happily for the world, it's available again. Get it while you can.


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